Thursday, October 1, 2015

Marker Drawings 10

Sketchbook drawings
ballpoint pen, Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, Copic value markers, Prismacolor Premier dual tip warm grey 40% marker, Letraset Promarker Twin Tip Neutral Tone markers (cool grey 1-5 plus black), 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

The new markers.
I used up so many, the Copics especially, I had to buy new ones so I found a set of Letraset markers and the Prismacolor warm grey of which they only had the one.

In many of these I have represented the various times of day night and atmospheric effects. If you know my work I do a lot of nocturnes, rain, fog, haze etc.
It is always a matter of value control and the challenge is doing it so simply. I don't have the advantage of color and only some edge control (tonal approach) so I really have to use the 3, sometimes 4-5, values to best advantage.

I have been trying out various approaches, simple, carefully drawn, intuitive, while still keeping them sketchy and quick.

I'm using hatching, flat graphic tones, gradient tones and various combinations of these. Some are more illustrative and stylistic while others are as simple as possible, reduced to it lowest common denominator in shape and value or nearly so. The linear and hatching controls value as well as giving some visual texture to the drawings and helps define forms and perspective.
Anything goes when experimenting with technique.362,363,364,365,366


  1. David, I really like your drawings. They are like stories of places. Maybe like you said, all is not cheerful in art. I perceive loneliness, wind, shadows, places without people, where in a moment something could have occurred. I've never been to America, but your work transports me to that country. That is a wonderful thing the power of art. Where the artist chooses, to stand out of everything he sees.
    Keep painting

  2. Thank you Ricardo, yes, to me they are like stories as shown in one moment. Mostly devoid of people because it is the place I seek to present and although built by people I do not want it to become too much about them.
    I agree all is not cheerful in art and it should also reflect our entire existence, the good and the bad, the beauty and the ugliness too otherwise we are not fully honest.
    These are one little corner of America. Even the ones I invent from my imagination I think are based on that vision.
    Keep painting...

    Merci Ricardo, oui, pour moi, ils sont comme des histoires, comme indiqué dans un moment. Partiellement dépourvu de gens, car il est le lieu que je cherche à présenter et bien construit par des gens que je ne veux pas que cela devienne trop à leur sujet.
    Je suis d'accord tout ne va pas gai dans l'art et il devrait également refléter toute notre existence, le bien et le mal, la beauté et la laideur trop sinon nous ne sommes pas entièrement honnête.
    Ceux-ci sont un petit coin d'Amérique. Même ceux que je invente de mon imagination je pense sont basés sur cette vision.
    Gardez la peinture ...